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Does anybody else miss the days when Frank, the LJ mascot, was having a romance with Meme the Sheep? Okay, so in actuality, I barely even read those things and thought they were kinda dumb, so I guess what I miss is LJ's heyday, before it became this desert wasteland of ONTD and people who will never leave because they shelled out for permanent accounts. (And some other stragglers, I would say like me, but that's not accurate, because I almost never post. I just come here keep up with the holdouts on my f-list. And do LJ Idol.) Meme the Sheep is just a sort of silly symbol of the wider LJ community that the powers-that-were tried, however weakly, to foster.

I despise Facebook, and I can't hardly say anything in 140 words, much less 140 characters, so Twitter's out, and I'm on Pinterest, but I don't really get it.

I sort of use Google+ the way I used to use LJ: a place to blather about my day or something that's on my mind, in brief or at length, and at least my actual, real-life, people-I-actually-like-to-talk-to friends are on there and put up with my blathering. Though instead of memes and quizzes, my friends are more likely to post articles, or link to Cracked.com or TV Tropes. And since unlike That Other Site, I don't have any family members or professional peers in my circles, I can be candid, like I used to be here, where I am anonymous.

I miss the other friends. The online-only friends who I'm sure are on That Other Site, but it's not the same because people interact differently there.

And even LJ Idol, which when I first signed up, back in Season 8, isn't really about what LJ used to be about. When I write for Idol, I have to have some kind of point to make. I can't just blather on. I have to impress people. It's fun, and it's good practice, but it's not what I liked about LJ, even if my LJ usage was always sporadic, at best.

And even though Gary has been doing his absolute damnedest to make people feel guilty about leaving, I find I'm rather calm about it. I don't regret giving it another try, but this wasn't a good time for me to do it, and it's not getting any better. You'll see me around here and there in the Green Room, and depending on how early or late Gary rolls out Second Chance, maybe I'll see if I can give Idol more attention then, but for now, thanks for reading and commenting, and good luck!


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May. 19th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
I miss the heyday, too. We can miss it together because some folks just simply refuse to acknowledge it, or they act like I'm some sort of freakish holdout with a melancholia violin and it's not that, at all. It's about the loss of immediacy, the creativity, the fun. The camaraderie. I miss it the same way I miss yahoo email lists and news groups. We had fun. And it wasn't impersonal and it wasn't about what I had for dinner and with whom. It was about WORDS.

I'm not going to let go of LJ.
May. 19th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
I do miss Frank the Goat and Meme the sheep! While finding it kind of stupid at first, I got into it!

I get tired of all the ONTD posts, too.

I wish more people would come back to LJ. I mean, you can have a free account like me. The commenting system is WAY BETTER than Blogger. Why does everybody love that so much? Just because it is owned by Google?
May. 19th, 2014 11:24 pm (UTC)
I've spoken about the seemingly spiraling death trail of LJ before. Idol, too, but not so much because we're all still there ;) And I remember Frank and Meme too!

I miss the friendships most of all. Even though I have a lot of ex-LJers on my FL over at Facebook, there are more with whom I lost touch. I have no idea if they're on FB because I never knew their RL names. And, like you said, it's a whole other way of communicating there. I think in a way it's also spilled over to here because now everybody is sooooo afraid of being outed...which is why I never let on I'm here over there, if that makes sense.

I tried Google+ and didn't like it. To me it's more of a Facebook clone than anything else.

May. 21st, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
I miss the friendships most of all.
That's what I miss too. I have a lot of LJ friends on FB, but since their friends feed is such crap I've lost touch with most of them. I prefer the layout here where everything shows up in chronological order and the filtering system works.
May. 20th, 2014 09:33 am (UTC)
I am so happy to not be the only person who doesn't get Pinterest.
May. 21st, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
You're not the only one. I understand the POINT of it, but it irritates the crap out of me.

And Tumblr is like an endless Facebook scroll (as is Twitter), and had no decent 'filter' mechanism. Shiny, new, and dreadful. :(

I could not read the Frank/Meme stories after a few tries. They reminded me of round-robin story-telling, with imminent topic drift...
May. 20th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
"I can be candid, like I used to be here, where I am anonymous.
I miss the other friends. The online-only friends who I'm sure are on That Other Site, but it's not the same because people interact differently there." - could relate to this part..:)
Hope you stay back and maybe LJ turns out to fun again..being a newbie this was nice to know about..last seasons and stuff.
May. 20th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
I forgot about Meme the sheep! I miss the old LJ too, but I 'm part of the problem, spending time elsewhere now too.
May. 20th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
I don't get Pinterest either. And FB archiving is crap.
May. 21st, 2014 07:11 am (UTC)
My little corner of LJ has been having a renaissance (partly sparked by me doing a post-every-day thing and putting the links on FB), and I don't think it's just us -- the addme communities have picked up a LOT in the past 6 months. I don't think LJ will ever be the 'in thing to do' again but I feel like it's getting closer what it used to be as people are realizing that other social media just doesn't fill the same space. There's a lot of dusty corners but a lot of real journalers too.
May. 21st, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
I have another journal that I've set to update FB whenever I post. It gets readers, but not a lot of comments as most people post Over There instead of Over Here.

I may do the post-a-day with updates on this journal just to see if I can get some people to wander back over. I miss talking to them.
May. 21st, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
I really miss old lj too!
May. 22nd, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
I'd forgotten all about Frank and Meme! Thanks for the reminder.
May. 22nd, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
Good to know about Frank and Meme ..... I hope you stay and find something you like strongly about season 9 as u did season 8 .... :) Hugggsss
May. 23rd, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
True, I've never been able to replicate my better LJ experiences on another site. I have a FB, but it's so public, I can't be as unguarded as I am here.

Our online experiences seem to be in constant evolution; it's hard to say what I will be doing with this or other sites in 2015. For now, I'm just enjoying the LJ Idol ride.
Nov. 15th, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
And even LJ Idol which when I first signed up back in Season 8 isn't really about what LJ used to be
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